Walden’s BS in Political Science and Public Administration program can prepare you to advance your career in the private sector or public service—empowering you to navigate among private, government, and nonprofit sectors to positively change your organization, community, and world.

This online political science degree program uses the latest interactive media to deliver a unique blend of political theory and application and give you a deeper understanding of political and social organizations.

To further focus your area of study on your personal interests, choose from the General Program or one of our concentrations. Your degree can also build a foundation for graduate study, including law.

Through Walden’s BS in Political Science and Public Administration program, you have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the foundations of U.S. government, as well as contemporary issues and debates related to constitutional law and the judicial process.
  • Study the tools, skills, and strategies of today’s successful public-sector leaders and the intricacies involved in shaping public policy.
  • Examine the ethical considerations facing leaders today and learn how to build organizations that reflect strong values.
  • Address top issues and challenges in 21st-century global politics, from energy and trade to human rights and healthcare.
  • Develop essential leadership skills in human resources, communications, planning, and budgeting.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Explain the constitutional, legal, institutional, and political foundations of American government.
  • Explain the historical development and contemporary context of public administration in the United States.
  • Define ethical leadership and evaluate its importance in contemporary government and public administration.
  • Explain the principal dimensions of major global issues and their relevance to choices made at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Identify key debates over political principles that have endured over time and describe how these debates manifested in several contemporary political controversies.
  • Explain how public policy is formulated and implemented.
  • Describe how public sector organizations function with their political, social, and economic context.
  • Demonstrate how the methods of political science, public administration, or social entrepreneurship can be used to solve problems and create positive social change.

Additional Learning Outcomes by concentration:

Global Issues and Social Justice

  • Describe current social, political, and economic issues and trends around the world.
  • Discuss ways to promote social justice in communities around the world.

Law and Legal Studies

  • Analyze legal debates surrounding key social issues.
  • Explain key legal concepts and cases.

Managing in the Public Environment

  • Develop solutions to challenges faced by managers in the public and nonprofit sectors.
  • Describe the skills and leadership characteristics that are necessary in effectively managing public programs, processes, and personnel.

Public Service Through Civic Engagement

  • Develop a plan of action for mobilizing individuals and groups to effect positive changes in their communities.
  • Articulate the skills necessary for an effective social change agent and explain their role in leading communities toward positive social change.

Social Entrepreneurship

  • Identify entrepreneurial opportunities that can positively impact local, national, and global communities.
  • Explain the key concepts and methods of social entrepreneurship.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.


Beyond The Classroom

When you pursue your bachelor’s degree at Walden, you can translate your coursework into practice by participating in an optional field experience, service learning project, or study abroad program.

Accelerate into Master's (AIM) Program

The AIM program allows you to complete graduate courses as part of your bachelor’s program that you can then apply toward the completion of your master’s program.

Undergraduate Pathways

Undergraduate Pathways offers options for increasing your course load to reduce your degree completion time.


Andrea Baer

Andrea Baer

B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration Student
I also had classmates who were facing the same challenges. I was part of a community of adult learners—people with families and jobs—who still wanted to go for their dreams and succeed.
What attracted me to Walden was convenience. I knew that I would not be able to step away from my career to go to a traditional brick-and-mortar program. That was off the table as an option.
Walden was a natural choice for me due to its method of instruction; it is conducive to professionals looking to earn an advanced degree.
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